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David Clark Fransen Second World War coconut letter

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2016-001-w-r

Content Description

This collection consists of a coconut sent by CPT David C. Fransen, USAAF, to his daughter Susan during the Second World War. The collection also contains a photo of Susan and a photo of CPT Fransen, as well as photocopies of material related to the coconut and CPT Fransen's military service.

Dates

  • 1943

Condition Description

The addresses on the coconut are mostly faded.

Physical Description

The coconut contains a carved face and addresses written in white paint (or white-out). The writing is mostly damaged or fading.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.

Biographical / Historical

Captain David Clark Fransen, United States Army Air Force, was born May 21, 1912 in Cedar Bayou, Chambers County, Texas to his parents Mays David Fransen and Pansy Agusta Clark. He remained in Texas and married Dorothy Householder on June 20, 1937 and they had a daughter, Susan Byers Fransen, on September 24, 1939.

CPT David graduated from Texas A and M and worked at Humble Oil and Refining Company of Houston before joining the United States Army Air Corps on February 15, 1942. After training at Hoffman airborne station in North Carolina, where his wife and daughter joined him, he served as a glider rifle company commander in the airborne infantry in the Philippines. That is where, in 1943, he sent home a coconut with a carved face for his daughter. CPT Fransen then returned to the United States on April 3, 1945 for further treatment due to a shrapnel wound in his back.

Susan took on a sudden illness later that year and died on August 5, 1945 shortly before her sixth birthday. The Fransens then moved to Houston where they stayed until CPT Fransen passed away on November 24, 1974.

Extent

0.75 Linear Feet (1 folder, 1 box)

Overview

This collection consists of a coconut sent by CPT David Clark Fransen, USAAF, to his daughter Susan during the Second World War. The collection also contains supplemental material pertaining to CPT Fransen and his daughter Susan. a photo of Susan and a photo of CPT Fransen, as well as photocopies of material related to the coconut and CPT Fransen's military service.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by material type: Series 1: Coconut letter--Series 2: Supplemental materials.

Condition Description

The addresses on the coconut are mostly faded.

Physical Description

The coconut contains a carved face and addresses written in white paint (or white-out). The writing is mostly damaged or fading.
Title
finding aid for the David Clark Fransen Second World War coconut letter
Status
Completed
Author
Andrew Harman
Date
8/30/2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Contact:
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States